My daughter loves to make these little nests. They are cute, sweet, crunchy, and salty. The little piles of chocolate pretzel sticks do take a bit of time as you have to make a little well in the middle to put the chocolate eggs but they are adorable and a tasty springtime, or anytime treat. We made these as spring break treats for her class at school and they were a big hit. Emily has made them by herself but this is a great team activity to make. Older children can spoon out the nests and younger ones could help put the eggs in the nests. Depending on how large you make your nests you should be able to make around 20 treats.
- large bowl
- half sheet tray
- parchment paper
- small spoon
- oven mitts
- kitchen gloves-optional
- Two 12 ounce bags of dark cocoa candy melts
- One bag of candy-coated chocolate eggs
- One 15 ounce bag of pretzel sticks
Put parchment paper on your half sheet tray. Microwave your candy melts starting at a minute and checking every 30 seconds until melted. Stir them often until smooth. Pour your pretzel sticks in batches a third of the bag at a time. Stir gently to coat the pretzels very well. Using forks or your gloved hands grab a small handful to make a 3-inch nest. Use a spoon or your fingers to make a little well in the middle. You need to add your eggs while the chocolate is still wet so make a few nests and then go back and add your eggs. If you have a partner to help you, they can add the eggs while you make the nests! Put in the fridge to harden or just leave the tray on the counter to set in about an hour.
DELISH TIP 1: When you add the last of your pretzels to the chocolate don’t dump the bag over the chocolate because ALL the excess salt will go into your chocolate and it won’t taste good.
DELISH TIP 2: You will need to reheat your chocolate every ten minutes or so. Put it in the microwave for 30 seconds at a time until it loosens up.
DELISH TIP 3: If you don’t have a microwave you can use a double boiler to melt the chocolate.
DELISH TIP 4: I’ve heard you can use chow mein noodles for these too. If you try it will you please leave a comment for me?